With 2013 almost in the books (!), the usual assortment of end-of-year predictions for next year are out there in the media. Interested in knowing what some of you think 2014 has in store for us.
- economy will be noticeably better in the 2nd half of the year (2014), as the pickup in the American economy starts to have its usual effect on Canada. The slightly lower C$ also gives exports an extra kick.
- Keystone XL pipeline finally approved. Neil Young declares the environmental devastation "without exaggeration or hyperbole, a million times worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki put together".
- Stephen Harper announces he is resigning as Prime Minister.
- Saskatchewan population increases by 33,000 or so. What PCS layoffs?
- Riders repeat as Grey Cup champions, passing the University of Toronto on the all-time Grey Cup wins list.
- Rob Ford runs for re-election as Mayor of Toronto. Finishes second.
- The Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl 48, crushing the Cincinnati Bengals to claim their first title. Sports historians later put an asterisk beside this win, noting that the only non-NFC pro football team worthy of even competing for the title were the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who unfortunately were not available to represent the sad sack AFC.
- Rogers Communications launches an obnoxious advertising campaign to hype their new monopoly over all things NHL in Canada. The tag line of the campaign is "Resistance Is Futile".
- The Toronto Maple Leafs lose on the last day of the regular season and finish 1 point out of a playoff berth.